War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.
Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.
Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.
I don’t mind first endings, second endings or sad endings. But I do mind farewell endings.
There’s no one who hates the ”farewell” ending of a series more than I do.
Now, I can’t technically prove that last statement.
But I CAN prove how much I loved the Dante Walker trilogy and how much Victoria Scott’s debut series meant to me.
How can I prove this you ask? With glowing praise and reverent reviews and five-star ratings?
YES. To ALL of those things….. PLUS a pound of ass-fat.
It was July of 2014 and I was dragging myself through a Ripped in 30 Jillian Michael’s workout with the goal of losing some flab. Physical exertion in the middle of a Texas summer is its own special kind of hell and all I could think about was turning off the dvd, plopping on to my cool faux-leather couch and giving into the awesome book waiting for me to finish it on my side-table.
The Warrior was calling to me. I had put off reading it long enough because I couldn’t handle the thought of my journey with Dante Walker ending and just as I was about to press the stop button on my workout, a thought popped into my head: What Would Dante Do?
Dante would get his ass to work and sweat until his balls chafed to maintain his enviable physique, that’s what he would do! And then I thought: just like Dante’s built for battle in The Warrior, I’m built for this temporary workout hell.
I am arms for push-ups, I am legs for squat thrusts and I am abs for planks!
So, yeah. That’s just ONE of the ways Dante Walker changed my life. He made me drop a pant size.
This past summer, every time I felt like giving up during a workout I just asked myself: WWDD? Or imagined him waiting to greet me at the end of my fat fry session in all of his sinfully sexy glory.
I feel a little silly sharing this story with you but Dante loves taking the credit for my firmer bum and I can’t deny him anything.
I have a crush on Victoria Scott like I have a crush on Shakespeare. The Warrior was the perfect ending to the Dante Walker series and just as potent and clever as a Shakespearean sonnet. Each scene in The Warrior had a captivating feel that would push, push, push and then pull back in the most perfect and sentimental moments between Dante and Charlie.
Charlie continues stepping backward and I continue pursuing her. Finally, I can’t take it any longer. I reach out and snatch her and make her mine. She’s my moon, and I’ve plucked her from the sky.
Her smile falls away. She turns her head to the sea. “It doesn’t seem so scary anymore.”
“What doesn’t?” I ask.
The inner workings of Dante’s mind were both heartbreaking and empowering with each personal demon he fought. Victoria wrapped the soul of a poet into this egotistical bad boy and managed to shine a light through his spiritual imperfections, reforming him without losing any of the diabolical charm that won my heart in The Collector.
The battle scenes were EPIC, the subject matter was dark and the humor was perfection. The Warrior was the best farewell ending to the Dante Walker series that I could have asked for.
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